CHILDREN’S charity, CLIC Sargent, interviewed 245 parents whose children were suffering from cancer. Their findings, published in a report entitled Counting the Costs of Cancer, show that 76 per cent of these people have suffered serious financial difficulty after diagnosis.
The survey also revealed that two in three parents were building up debts to deal with costs relating to their child’s treatment. 42 per cent of parents admitted to borrowing from a credit card and 20 per cent had to take out an additional loan to pay the bills.
Richard Theo, of health insurance comparison website, ActiveQuote.com, said: “There are many benefits to family health insurance, including cover for home nursing and access to cancer drugs not available on the NHS.
“Family health insurance will cover the cost of hidden expenses. Your policy will give you choice of a local private hospital for your child to be treated in, with parking free of charge. Private hospitals also offer a wide choice of specially-prepared food for cancer patients and their parents, so money does not have to be spent elsewhere.
“Health-conscious parents should compare health insurance policies for the family online to see if they could actually save money in the long-run, as well as guaranteeing the best level of care for their loved-ones.”
ActiveQuote Health Ltd is a health insurance broker, fully authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) number 501109 as a health insurance intermediary.
ActiveQuote offer free advice on private medical cover in the UK.
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